In December, Pornhub released its annual year in review, detailing what people were searching for and watching in 2019. The report even broke down each state's most viewed category, and at the time, we were curious as to why women in Iowa and Michigan were primarily into "pissing."
While we had quite a few questions then, we have all the questions now after a report from Vice revealed there's a video on Pornhub titled "Deserted Wuhan" where—and you know where we're going with this—a hazmat suit-wearing man walks through the city in China, and gets attacked by someone infected with coronavirus in the type of way that you've come to expect from an adult film.
A couple that goes by Spicy x Rice are behind this video and another one titled "TSA AGENT DETAINS WOMAN SUSPECTED OF CORONAVIRUS." Spicy explains that the appeal toward sexualizing a virus that has killed over 3,200 people worldwide has to do with our ongoing pursuit for "things that make us come alive."
"I think people are attracted to COVID-19 themed porn the same way people who are scared of their shadow are attached to horror movies: We are all searching for things that make us come alive," he told Vice. "COVID-19 is something that brings fear and mystery to pretty much everyone in the world right now... You need to be able to feel something, and what better way to make you feel something than the global crisis we are all in right now."
While videos of Spicy x Rice have crossed the paths between porn and coronavirus one way, others have used this lane to be more informative about the virus. Before performer Chase Poundher most likely lives up to his name and has sex with his partner Little Squirtles in another video, the two have a brief discussion about mask safety, and the current situation in China.
"We thought we would use our porn as an avenue to get some legitimate information out with some comic relief included to get people interested and reduce our chances of being banned," Spicy said. "This sparked the idea, knowing every current event ends up as a porn eventually, we knew people will be searching for it on less censored platforms like Pornhub."
Spicy wasn't wrong about every current event being adapted into the pornscape; a search for coronavirus on Pornhub reveals there are already over 100 videos.